Thursday, 10 March 2011
For several years now I've wanted to do "something" service-oriented, like going on a missions trip or doing something else with a church or some kind of organization. I've been tutoring middle-schoolers since last fall as my only source of income, and I knew that would be a financial no-go for the school-free summer. And so I knew this summer would be the perfect opportunity to find a Christian organization somewhere -- to work there and to serve.
I came across YouthWorks!, a Christian organization which "helps the church be the church" by engaging youth in various ministry work projects. One of their specific ministries take place during the summer with nationwide youth missions trips.
I quickly applied for a job with YouthWorks! this summer and just recently got accepted, which was amazing news from both a financial and a spiritual perspective. Yes, the financial relief is huge, but so too is the spiritual one. I'm nervous, sure, but excited to step out of my comfort zone and serve, hopefully making a positive difference in the community as well as with the kids who will be filing in each week.
At the moment I actually have no idea where in the U.S. -- or Canada or Puerto Rico -- YouthWorks! will be sending me this summer. That unknown is a little scary, but the mystery and anticipation surrounding my summer service location is certainly exciting too.
I've blogged before about my restlessness and constantly wanting to be on the move, desiring something more than the often stale life I see around me. I'm hoping that in addition to the stimulation of a physical move this summer, I'll also experience a spiritual "move" of sorts -- serving people and pushing myself in a way I've not experienced before. I hope this summer will spur a further desire to serve in the future.
I certainly don't need to join an organization to serve; there are opportunities all around me. I'm an introverted person, so perhaps too often I get wrapped up in myself and ignore the needs of others around me. I definitely need to make myself more available, even when I don't "feel" like it. Especially when I don't feel like it.
It's going to be an amazing summer; I know it. I pray I'll never be the same.
Have you served with YouthWorks! or another Christian camp in the past? What's your staff camp experience been like, and what have you taken away from it? Do you plan to serve with a Christian camp this summer?